I too had bronchitis three weeks ago and took azithrimicin for it.. It took two weeks before I felt fairly normal. Then I upped and caught that stomach/intestinal flu. So I had two things that may have caused the IBS flare-up! I take chewable probiotics three times a day as directed instead of twice a day as i was used to.
Interesting info. I have been battling bronchitis the last month or so and have been feeling really bloated. I believe it was the antibiotics I was taking...just about killed my stomach. I am now taking probiotics and it seems to have calmed down my stomach.
I have had Acid Reflux since 1999. That's when i remember gaining a lot of weight and looking bloated. I thought the acid reflux meds had a lot to do with my abdominal fat that makes me look pregnant! Now here it is 12 years later and after the depression with it's anxiety I have the IBS-C. I suppose the nervous stomach runs in my family along with the milk intolerance and depression my great-grandma French and great aunt had (they were unrelated). I bet at least a dozen of my relatives have the milk intolerance which seems to have started with my mother's mother (Grandma F.)
I have read a couple things on this recently. Somewhere online I read that IBS flare-ups can come after intestinal flu, etc., and can last up to 3 years. YIKE! I read that during the outbreak I had after Christmas this past year that lasted several weeks. I have also found that I am more likely to get nausea since then.
Another one I read was on one ofthe news pages and said that there have been some studies that showed that if you had intestinal/stomach flu often as a child that you were more likely to get IBS. And I did have that often.
The Stomach/Intestinal Flu I had last week did cause an IBS-C flare up after all- but days later. At first I had no appetite for days. Now nearly a week later I finally have an appetite but the mild nausea, painful gas and bloating have flared up. I swear dairy bothers me even more than it did before. I wonder if a "Bug" like this is what causes the IBS to begin with?
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